‘Rubber Wrestling’ puts a new spin on the age-old Country Erasers game

Relive your primary school days by playing it on your phone - or at a live tournament.

Jeremy Na

Just like that Khalid song, Young, dumb and broke. Ok maybe not dumb but definitely the other two.

Published: 4 January 2021, 5:39 PM

Back in primary school, I spent the majority of my recesses queueing up in the school bookshop to buy stationary. 

No, it wasn’t that I was the extremely studious type who needed to get more notebooks to jot down everything my teacher said. Rather, it was to secure the most versatile toy known to the primary school boy – the country eraser.

Whether it was attaching staples to the bottom and using them as makeshift Beyblades, or flipping them on each other to make them ‘wrestle’, it provided us with endless amounts of fun to while away our days in school.

Now, you can relive the wrestling aspect of country erasers anywhere you go on your very own mobile phone. 


Settle your differences the old fashioned way – via an intense match of country erasers! IMAGE CREDIT: LIMITED GAMES VIA PLAY STORE


Titled ‘Rubber Wrestling’, the game is as simple as its title. Flip your eraser onto another one and you’ve won! The simplicity of this game ironically gives you more freedom. Without any strict rulesets in place, you’re free to be creative and just have fun messing around with your friends.

To play, all you have to do is tap the edge of the eraser and hold to determine the power of the flip – just try not to flip it off the edge of the table.

Unfortunately, the game is currently only available on Android, so Apple users will have to get their childhood fix somewhere else.

Speaking of getting that childhood fix from somewhere else, how does a live tournament sound?

Titled ‘Erasure: The World Tournament’, the competition will take place at The Substation Theatre and features four rounds of intense eraser-flipping action to determine the final winner of the tournament.


If you fear that this year’s Olympics may get cancelled, be sure to catch your fill of ‘international’ competition at The Substation! IMAGE CREDIT: THE SUBSTATION VIA FACEBOOK


Organised as part of the National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum’s ‘Proposals for Novel Ways of Being’ exhibit, it is an unprecedented collective response by the visual arts community to present a series of exhibitions and programmes, both physical and online. 

Its title references an earlier name of the virus, i.e. ‘2019 Novel Coronavirus’, which serves as a reminder that we need new ways of being as we grapple with a new reality brought about by this pandemic. 

If the competition interests you, make sure you register as an audience member here, or even as a participant here!


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